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  • TOKYO, Jan 6- Japan's Nikkei share average tumbled 2.6 percent on Tuesday as concerns over Greece's future in the euro zone and weak oil prices curbed risk appetite, while the strong yen dragged down exporters. Crude oil futures prices dropped to their lowest since 2009 amid a global supply glut and lacklustre demand, while political uncertainty in Greece has...

  • Nikkei tipped to top 20,000 in 2015 Thursday, 1 Jan 2015 | 5:53 PM ET
    Pedestrians walks past a share prices board showing the numbers for the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo

    Japan's Nikkei 225 index is set to climb further next year, despite already rising more than 70 percent over the past two years, analysts say.

  • Japan’s female truckers in for the long haul Thursday, 1 Jan 2015 | 1:02 AM ET
    Trailer trucks are driven near the international cargo terminal to deliver containers at the port in Tokyo

    Japan's shrinking workforce is helping spur acceptance of women into male-dominated industries such as haulage and construction. The Financial Times reports.

  • LONDON, Dec 31- The dollar was set to end 2014 with a gain of more than 12 percent against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday, its strongest year in almost a decade and, according to most major banks, just a prelude to a further rise next year. Year-end adjustments to market positions helped the yen and the euro in thin trade over the Christmas holidays, but the...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 30- A wave of risk aversion swept through global markets on Tuesday, with light volume magnifying moves, as end-of-year trades focused on worries about Greece's future in the euro zone, pushing shares lower and lifting the safe-haven yen, silver and gold. An MSCI gauge of stocks in major markets fell 0.6 percent, weighed by a 1.6 percent drop in Tokyo's...

  • *Stocks down in Europe, Wall Street; euro near 2-1/ 2 year low. NEW YORK, Dec 30- A wave of risk aversion swept through global markets on Tuesday, with light volume magnifying moves, as end-of-year trades focused on worries about Greece's future in the euro zone, pushing shares lower and lifting the safe-haven yen, silver and gold. "Basically we just followed Europe, with...

  • *Stocks down in Europe, Wall Street; euro near 2-1/ 2 year low Oil near recent lows, copper ticks up. NEW YORK, Dec 30- A wave of risk aversion swept through global markets on Tuesday, magnifying moves as light-volume end-of-year trades focused on worries about Greece's future in the euro zone, pushing shares lower and lifting the safe-haven yen, silver and gold.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 30- The U.S. dollar dipped against major currencies on Tuesday after traders booked profits from recent multi-year highs in the greenback, while the safe-haven yen benefited from the move. The dollar, which hit fresh nearly nine-year highs against a basket of major currencies early Tuesday, surrendered some of those gains and hit a 1-1/ 2- week low...

  • *Yen surges as Tokyo stocks sag amid flight to safety. LONDON, Dec 30- The yen gained sharply against the dollar and euro on Tuesday as investors sought the traditional safety of the Japanese currency amid end-of-year nerves over looming economic risks. "Equity markets are coming under selling pressure, while the Greek situation had led to a flight into quality,"...

  • LONDON, Dec 30- A wave of risk aversion swept through global markets on Tuesday as worries about Greece's future in the euro and general end-of-year caution subdued shares and lifted the safe-haven yen and gold. Europe's stock markets opened with Britain's FTSE 100, Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 down 0.5, 0.6 and 0.8 percent respectively after a 1.6 percent...

  • FOREX-Yen surges as oil, stocks slide Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 | 4:03 AM ET

    *Dollar/yen dips as Tokyo stocks sag, U.S. data awaited. The prospect of Greece dropping the euro returned to haunt the single currency after a failed effort to elect a new Greek president on Monday, but there are broader concerns over growth and the effects of six years of money-printing heading into 2015.. "What we're seeing this morning is a squeeze on some of the...

  • Japan ruling coalition pledges corporate tax cuts Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 10:41 PM ET
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    Japan's ruling coalition has approved a tax reform plan that will cut the corporate tax rate from April, pledging further reductions in coming years.

  • Mysterious FX cycle may challenge yen bears in 2015 Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 30- Yen bears betting that the Japanese currency will keep declining for a few more years could be wrong-footed based on a mysterious 8- year pricing cycle that has proved accurate over the past four decades. But none are very convincing, "said Junichi Ishikawa, market analyst at IG Securities in Tokyo. Japan is promoting reflationary policies to revive...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 29- The euro edged higher against the U.S. dollar on Monday after traders who had anticipated that Greece would fail to elect a new president took profits on short euro positions, while the greenback was higher against the yen on new Japanese stimulus. Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' candidate, Stavros Dimas, fell short of the 180 votes needed to...

  • Japanese firms to spurn PM's call for higher wages Sunday, 28 Dec 2014 | 7:34 PM ET
    Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.

    Major Japanese firms plan to return their excess cash to shareholders, spurning Abe's call for employers to lift salaries.

  • Taste for imports drives up Japan's grocery bill Sunday, 28 Dec 2014 | 5:43 PM ET

    Yen weakness is driving up the cost of Japan's food imports, but analysts say pinched pocketbooks won't slow consumers' taste for meals from overseas.

  • TOKYO, Dec 29- Top Japanese firms think the yen will not decline much further next year and may even stage a sizeable rebound despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's easy-money policies, a Reuters survey shows. Many companies are bullish on the Tokyo stock market, forecasting a range of 16,000-20,000 on the Nikkei stock average next year, compared with Friday's...

  • Japan approves $29 billion stimulus plan, impact in doubt Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 10:13 PM ET
    Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.

    Japan approved $29 billion of stimulus spending to help lagging regions and households, but analysts are skeptical of how much of a growth boost it will offer.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 26- The dollar rose against the yen and euro on Friday in scant volume, with many major markets still closed after the Christmas holiday. There's going to be a dip-buying mentality "said Rob Zukowski, senior technical analyst at 4 Cast Ltd. based in New York. Data on Tuesday that showed the U.S. economy growing at its fastest quarterly pace in 11 years...

  • Save no more? Are Japanese turning spendthrift? Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 12:39 AM ET

    The Japanese spent more than they saved in the 12 months ended March 2014, the first time that's happened since the data set began in 1955.